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Worcestershire & Herefordshire Mixed Greensomes Tournament - Thursday 14th September 2017

Kidderminster Golf Club were hosts to this year's Worcestershire & Herefordshire Mixed Greensomes Tournament. The format of the event was to be a greensomes stableford, with men playing off white tees, and ladies playing off red tees. Unfortunately the weather was not kind to the early players, with torrential rain forcing a 45 minute suspension of play, before the final  groups had event teed off. However, Rod and his team of green keepers put in a truly heroic effort to get the flooded greens back into play, and the tournament resumed at around 1.30pm. 

Even when the rain stopped and the sun shone the wind ensured that the course was to play very tough for all the players. Early scores reflected the tough conditions, and Will and Claire Painter (Kidderminster GC) held an early lead on 34 points, but were then pushed into second place on countback by John Parsons and Judy Taylor (Kidderminster GC).

However, the top 3 places were all to be taken by pairs in the last few groups. Chris & Kerry Hobbs (Gaudet Luce GC) added a 3rd place to their 2nd place last year, with 35 points. Rex Harrison (Kings Norton GC) and Mary Harrison (Bromsgrove GC) took 2nd place with 37 points (including two 2s) but were beaten on countback by their playing partners Phil Brooks and Sharon Cartwright (Kidderminster GC) wth their own 37 points total. The winners were a last minute addition to the field and had never previously played together!

Pictured (l-r) Rex Harrison & Mary Harrison (2nd Place), Yvonne Foley (W&HLCGA President), Sharon Cartwright and Phil Brooks (Winners)

During the presentations, Yvonne Foley (W&HLCGA President) was keen to thank Kidderminster GC for hosting the event, and looking after everyone so well on the day. She also thanked the volunteers who made the day run so smoothly - Dave McDermott as starter and also working on the administration desk; referees Di Wylde, John Brothwood and Tony Edwards, who certainly worked extremely hard in the atrocious weather; and Debbie Pritchard who worked all day on the administration desk.

Malcolm Brazier (President of Kidderminster GC) offered a belated welcome to all the players and also thanked all the volunteers.